Meal Planning Monday

Another week has begun, and I thought I would share my meal plan for this week, something I haven’t done in ages. According to the scales, the 5:2 diet is working well (5-6lbs lost) so it makes sense to carry on doing it! I have taken a lot of inspiration from Davina’s 5 weeks to sugar free this week, as the recipes look so so good. I have also found the 5:2 meal planner app for ipad incredibly useful – adapting recipes from that to suit taste etc. (F) indicates a fast day!

  Monday (F) Tuesday Wednesday Thursday (F) Friday Saturday Sunday
Breakfast Passion fruit smoothie  Green juice Lychee surprise  Greek yoghurt with berries  Cookie dough overnight oats  Strawberry protein Poached eggs with avocado on toast
Lunch Vegetable crisps & hummus Minestrone soup Leftover yoghurt marinated chicken with bulgar wheat and salad Roasted veg and couscous salad  Quinoa salad with avocado and broad beans Chocolate fuel Blackberry raspberry blast
Dinner Broad bean and brown rice salad  Yoghurt marinated chicken with bulgar wheat and salad Salmon with puy lentils and salad Chicken and cashew stir fry Turkey Koftes with rice Aubergine curry Leftover aubergine curry

I am going to start sharing some of the recipes that I have adapted + juices, so I’m excited to do that – onwards to resolution of more blogging. Linked to Mrs M’s meal planning Monday 

Have a good week!

Did you miss me? Well, let’s get back to business!

Hello everyone out there still reading my little blog, I had abandoned you for far too long; I felt that I had given up on what I loved to do most. But, it is time to pull up my metaphorical socks, and begin 2015 with much more blogging and baking.

IMG_20150111_000941So, what have you been doing all this time? Well, shortly after coming home from our trip to Lanzarote, we had a new puppy join our family. Monty, our beautiful beagle, is now nearly 6 months old and we just love him – despite his naughtiness! We took him to puppy school for 6 weeks which was has done wonders for his socialising, obedience and walking on the lead.

IMG_20150111_003947Apart from the puppy, I have completed a nutritionist course, of which I now have a diploma in; and I am also now a qualified gym instructor. I am now on the look out for job in that sector, so watch this space! It is a hope that I can progress onto the personal trainer course but that’s going to take a bit of saving I believe!


Since completing the Run to the Beat 10k in September, I have been needing something to aim for; there is nothing better than setting a goal and achieving it, but what do you do after? SO! In aid of this, we have signed up to do a 100km walk in June from London to the Chilterns in aid of Macmillan cancer support; that is the length of two marathons, or, London to Brighton…quite a way I think you’d agree. I can’t wait to start training for it and doing the event, it will be a very proud moment if all goes well.


With a new year comes new year’s resolutions, and mine was to sort out a food plan, stick to it, and find an event to train for. I seem to be on track with both which is rare for me; several months ago I tried the 3-day juice detox, in which I lost 7lbs and felt great! However, the only downside of course, is that you have to start eating again at some point…cue those 7lbs! Last week, I gave the 5:2 diet a blast which is something I am looking to continue for several months as it seems to be working. For those of you who aren’t sure about the 5:2, it is otherwise known as intermittent fasting, eating normally for 5 days, and ‘fasting’ for the other 2. You are given an allowance of 500-600 calories for these days, which is a lot harder than you might think. However, with 5lbs lost last week, it is worth sticking to. An invaluable tip – plan your week completely, shop for only those things on the list, and put little notes up where you can see them to keep you motivated. Perfect example – I was reaching for a chocolate orange when I saw something I’d written on my chalkboard, “one pound at a time!” It stopped me in my tracks, and needless to say, I didn’t touch it. If you want an idea of the things I am eating you can have a look on my instagram profile here:


So Amy, what about the Baking Bible challenge? Sadly, I couldn’t do it in the time frame I set myself which was incredibly disappointing. Alas! I haven’t given up, I’m not quitting but just not focusing on that at the moment; essentially, baking Mary’s wonderful recipes wasn’t helping my waistline, so I will be making things every now and then or for someone else if they request it. I do have a lot of baking recipes to put up, including bits and bobs from over the Christmas time, such as the perfect homemade hamper…

I am going to start posting a lot of the recipes I am using and making at the moment, with a focus on juices/smoothies and meals for the 5:2!

So, I’m back everyone, happy new year, welcome to 2015!

Amy x


Recipe 94: Devil’s Food Cake

Hello! You may have noticed that I seem to have been posting a lot of recipes over the past couple of days, well being away from the usual day-t0-day things give you the chance to catch up with things like blogging. Being on holiday didn’t even stop me watching the GBBO final on Wednesday – well done Nancy! She was my favourite to win from the start, and she seemed to be the most down-to-earth contestant on there.

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Recipe 92: Courgette Loaves

20141005_190508Hello everyone, I am coming to you live from Lanzarote! It’s very hot and sunny, which is very different (so I am told) about the weather back home…we had a nightmare journey here. Flying with BA, you generally expect no troubles with the plane, however, we were sat on the runway waiting for an engineer for over an hour…then we took off, got 1.5hrs into the flight, when we were told we had to turn around and head back to Gatwick. For someone who doesn’t like flying, this was not the words I wanted to hear… Continue reading

Recipe 91: American Chocolate Ripple Cheesecake

Hello everyone, I hope you are having a lovely weekend. I am currently amongst all of the preparation for my grandparent’s 50th wedding anniversary party this evening. I was in charge of the cake (of course), so I am sure I will be posting a picture of it on my next blog post. Just so you know, it is a 3-tier white cake (12″, 9″ and 6″, respectively) and 50 chocolate and vanilla cupcakes. It has taken two long days of hard work but we have got there in the end and I am so excited to see it all put together tonight.  Continue reading

Recipe 90: Apple & Cinnamon Cake



Good morning all! Last Sunday was finally the day of the Run to the Beat 10km challenge, after months of training, we ventured to Wembley Park with the hope of raising a lot of money for Macmillan. Although I walked up the hills and during certain parts of the route, I sprinted to the finish line among cheers of “GO MACMILLAN GIRLS GO!” The feeling of finishing something like that was immense, and now all we want to do is get going with another challenge to aim for! Continue reading